If you’re a child of the eighties, there’s no way you can look at the GoGogate without thinking, “Go-Go-Gadget Garage Door Opener!” I’m not sure if the designers of this new smart remote access device had that in mind, and if they did there’s no way they would admit it (although, seriously, the licensing fees on the Inspector Gadget IP can’t be all that expensive these days). At any rate, GoGogate is a new hardware and smartphone app bundle that has more appeal than mere nostalgia (intentional or not).
The way GoGogate works is simple: buy the $179 wireless device, connect it to your garage door opener, download the free app, and within minutes you’ll be controlling up to three garage doors over a secure, password-protected connection with 128-bit encryption and multiple levels of security, including the fact that remote access has its own separate login and password. You can create as many accounts as you want, though, and even create guest accounts for friends or contractors, and if you have multiple homes (you lucky dog, you), you can control them all through the same app.
Granted, you will pay for the remote access capabilities. The GoGogate comes with a three-month trial for the remote access feature, but after that you’ll have to pay $1.25 per month or $5.99 for a three-month pass. The press release doesn’t outright state this, but I would imagine you’ll be able to use the device for free within Wi-Fi range, which may be good incentive to invest in an outdoor weatherproof WAP, if, like me, your wireless range barely extends outside your home.
The system does feature a bit of design flexibility that I wouldn’t have expected at this price point, though. The wireless device operates in three modes — garage, pulse, and on/off — the latter two of which you can use to operate automated blinds, sprinkler systems, or other contact closure devices.
GoGogate is available for pre-order now, and should start shipping at the end of this month.